Messerly among HofH inductees

A MONROE County native who assisted in the founding of Martins Ferry Hospital is among the individuals scheduled to be inducted into the Martins Ferry Hall of Honor Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. in the Martins Ferry High School cafetorium.

Dr. Charles Buchanan Messerly, a native of Clarington, was born Oct. 15, 1878. In 1904, he came to Martins Ferry and began his medical practice, specializing in pediatrics and surgery.

In 1906, he assisted in the founding of Martins Ferry Hospital where he remained on the staff until the time of his death.

Messerly also served the city in other ways and was involved with the school district, county, nation and the church of which he was a member.

As a member of the Martins Ferry Board of Education for more than a quarter of a century, he was instrumental in the purchase of land where the football stadium still is located. Messerly also was the physician for the football team for many years.

The honoree was chairman of the Martins Ferry Chapter of the American Red Cross which he helped to organize in 1936.

Messerly was Belmont County coroner from 1910-12, and he served as chairman of the Belmont County Polio Society.

During World War I, the Martins Ferry doctor was a captain in the Medical Corps.

A deacon of the First Baptist Church, Martins Ferry, for many years, he also was a Freemason.

Messerly is one of three inductees this year associated with the health field. The others are Dr. R.A. Ramonde, whose general practice in the city was opened in 1952 and who later was president of the hospital’s medical staff and on its board of directors as well as president of the Belmont County Medical Society, and May Louise Hinton Wykle, Ph.D., first African-American graduate of the Ruth Brant School of Nursing and first African-American dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Other HofH inductees are Jack Canfield, originator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and motivational speaker; Patrolman Peter A. Reddy, a Martins Ferry policeman who died after being shot while in the line of duty; and Calvin and Betty Pokas, journalists with Calvin, being in the OVAC Hall of Fame, two state Halls of Fame and the Bellaire Wall of Fame while Betty is in the Barnesville Area Education Foundation HofF.

Messerly is one of the three deceased individuals included in this year’s class of HofH inductees. Also deceased are Patrolman Reddy and Calvin Pokas.

The aim of the HofH is to honor persons whose actions or accomplishments have affected, aided or brought fame to Martins Ferry. Those eligible for the honor must have been born, lived or worked in Martins Ferry.

Sole sponsor for the Hall of Honor is The Citizens Bank. Les Douglas, currently a HofH committee member, organized the HofH in 2007 with the first ceremony being held in 2008.

The April 6 ceremony is open to the public, and there is no charge. After the ceremony, cookies and punch will be served.

Plaques of past honorees are displayed in the Laurel Krieg Room of the Martins Ferry Public Library, the main library of the Belmont County District Library.